Although it is an essential safety device every home or business should have, most don’t actually think about their fire extinguisher until they need it. This can be problematic as the device needs to be inspected regularly to ensure it is in good-working order. Below is a checklist to help you figure out if your extinguisher is ready for use.
A Guide to Inspecting Fire Extinguishers
Ensure It’s Located in a Visible & Easily Accessible Location
When a fire breaks out, people tend to panic. If the fire extinguisher is not placed in an area where it is visible and easy to get to, chances are it will not be used. To avoid this, try to place it in an area with no obstructions, such as furniture, and make sure there is plenty of surrounding space so anyone can easily fit in the area and quickly remove it from its holster. If you must place it in a cabinet, clearly label the outside so everyone is very aware the extinguisher is inside.
Ensure the Pull-Pin Is in Place
Every fire extinguisher should have a pull pin located by the handle. It should only be removed when someone tries to operate the extinguisher. If you find the pin missing during your inspection, the extinguisher should be taken to a professional to determine if it was tampered with, and if they determine it is still alright to use, they will replace the pin.
Check the Pressure Gauge
Most fire extinguishers have a pressure gauge on the top that determines if the device is currently operating at the proper pressure. Whenever the needle is outside of the green portion, it means the pressure is either too low or too high. After every use, the extinguisher should be recharged by a professional.
In addition to visually checking the fire extinguishers on your property on a regular basis, you should also have them professionally inspected at least once a year. When it is time to service or replace your extinguishers, contact C&T Fire Protection in Anchorage. This locally-owned and operated company provides fire protection plans to all of Alaska. Learn more about their fire alarm and suppression systems by calling them today at (907) 563 3473. You can also visit their website to learn more about their services.